Miller's hat-trick is not enough to win.

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:40 10 June 2010

THE Woodbury season took yet another bizarre turn, as they lost to bottom-placed Exeter Civil Service in a game they had almost complete control of, but still moved up one place in the table as other results went their way, writes Neil Richards.

THE Woodbury season took yet another bizarre turn, as they lost to bottom-placed Exeter Civil Service in a game they had almost complete control of, but still moved up one place in the table as other results went their way, writes Neil Richards.

After winning the toss, the opposition were put in and Woodbury maintained pressure on the visitors, with the run rate rarely touching three an over. James Taylor (3-19) made early inroads, before spinners James Kavanagh (3-31) and Kevin Miller (3-36) ripped through the middle order leaving Civil 89-8, Miller taking a hat-trick - his first for the club in a league fixture.

A 45 run partnership for the 9th wicket helped the Civil cause and they closed on 138.

Woodbury seemed to be coasting to victory on 103 for two with more than ten overs remaining. James Kavanagh (27), Tim Greenslade (26), Jeff Cooper (24) and skipper Mark Davies (28) had done much of the hard work, but, as Davies was left with a struggling middle order, the required rate started to increase and panic set in.

In the space of eleven balls, Woodbury lost their last four wickets for three runs - including Davies - as they were bowled out for 131 with three balls remaining.

The last home game of the season is against Roborough next Saturday, after which they go to Kentisbeare.

Two wins in the last two matches will almost certainly see them promoted.

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